Shipwrecked treasures on display in Hue

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Items fished out of cargo ships that sank in Vietnamese waters from the 15th to 18th centuries went on display at a museum in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue Thursday.


The exhibition at The Thua Thien-Hue History and Revolutionary Museum displayed more than 300 antiques from six ships that ended their journeys in the East Sea.

The antiques were slavaged from ships that sunk in waters stretching from Thua Thien-Hue Province to the southernmost Ca Mau Province.


More than 200 antiques came from the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum and the rest from the Thua Thien-Hue Collectors' Club.


Most of the items are pottery from China, Japan, France and China. But there are also many rock, wood and metal items on show.


Tilted "Echo From the Sea", the exhibition comes in time for this year's Hue Festival, which last from Saturday to Sunday next week .


Cao Huy Hung, director of the museum, said the items on display were precious materials needed to feed scientific and historical research and conservation works. 

Official figures showed that at least one million antiques have been fished from sunken ships in Vietnamese waters.


Hung said the show was a chance for Vietnamese and foreigners to understand more about the history of foreign trade activities in the East Sea, and the importance of Vietnam to major international trade routes throughout history.


He said the salvaging of the antiques over time had been a major achievement exampifying the importance of cooperation between Vietnam underwater archaeologists and foreign experts.

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